A Crow, Pebbles and a Jar

One of our school annual projects is working crosscurricular in our EFL/ ESL classes.

So, these are some of the activities we did at school while reading The Stone Soup
We ..
  • made predictions. The kids looked at the cover of the book and told what they think the story would be about.
  • went on a picture walk through the book.  We didn't read the text, just looked at each picture and told what they thought is happening in each picture.
  • cololored the cover of our folder. 
  • talked about the moral of the story
  • made a crow mask using a paper plate
  • read different versions of the story
  • looked for information about crows. Then we compared real and fictional crows.
  • used the vocabulary cards to review and practice vocabulary
  • listened to some real crow sounds
  • used the necklace to recall the events of the story.
  • sorted the words by beginning sounds, syllables, short or long words
  • estimated how many pebbles there were in a jar
  • made puppets with craft sticks to sequence events
  • finished the sentence The crow is/can/ has _____
  • learned a poem
Five Little Black Crows

Five little black crows
By the old barn door,
One flew home
And then there were four.

Four little black crows
By the old oak tree
One flew home
And then there were three.

Three little black crows
With nothing to do
One flew home
And then there were two.

Two little black crows
Out in the sun
One flew home
And then there was one.

One little black crow all alone
Through the day
He ate in the fields.
  • made black playdough to create crows
  • sang a song
5 Black Crows
To the tune of 3 green and speckled frogs
5 black and shiny crows — Sat on a scarecrow’s nose,
Eating the most delicious corn: YUM, YUM
Scarecrow, he shouted BOO! — 1 crow, away she flew,
Then there were 4 black shiny crows: CAW! CAW!

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